Missed Sonic Central? Then you missed a pretty big slate of Sonic the Hedgehog announcements, with a remaster, new games, and animation.
Gotta go FAST
Sega’s speed-demon of a mascot has been on a high as of late. Not only did he successfully make the leap onto the big screen, but he’s about to have a second outing. On top of that, Sonic the Hedgehog games have been pretty great over the last few years. I bet that’s something that you never thought you’d hear again.
So with all of that, the question of where he goes from here does pop up. Well… more of all of the above would be the answer to that. And to that end Sega made a whole host of announcements today, at the Sonic Central virtual event.
What likely would have been timed to hit during E3, if there was an E3 this year, Sonic Central debuted a remaster of Sonic Colors, a new collection of Sonic classics and an Olympics title, news about a brand new game, and loads more.
In all, you can expect to see:
- Sonic Colors: Ultimate & Sonic Colors: Rise of the Wisps
- Sonic Origins
- New Sonic Team Game
- Tokyo 2020
Yes, that’s a pair of Sonic Colors announcements. Sega will be bringing 2010’s game to modern platforms with a full remaster in Sonic Colors Ultimate, while Sonic Colors: Rise of the Wisps will be a short-form animated series. So if you dug that offshoot of the core Sonic series, you should like what’s on the way.
Colors Ultimate will arrive for the Xbox One, PS4, and Switch, as well as the PC (via Epic). Look for it on September 7th, 2021. And for those who like their games physical, you’ll be able to get Sonic Colors Ultimate either boxed or digitally on everything excepting the PC. Pre-orders are open now, and you can even nab yourself a lil’ baby Sonic keychain.
As for Rise of the Wisps, that’s still a bit of a mystery. We do know it will have a fully voiced cast of characters, and will feature the return of Roger Craig Smith, Sonic’s own vocalizer.
Next on the list is Sonic Origins, and it’s more or less what it probably sounds like. Sega will be collecting a bunch of Sonic’s early adventures for this one, with Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, 3, Sonic & Knuckles, and Sonic CD all included.
The idea is nostalgia for the Genesis era, so this should be a fun set for those who remember that time well. It won’t be all classic action though, as Sega says that there will also be “fresh content”. Stay tuned for lots more on this soon.
Sonic’s new adventure
Probably the most exciting prospect of the day, Sonic is coming back around once again. Sonic Team didn’t talk about the forthcoming game much, but did drop a teaser trailer, as well as the info that it’ll be developed but the same team that produced both Sonic Generations and Sonic Forces.
And much much more
While those 3 are the biggest points of the day, there’s a ton more on the horizon for Sonic. Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will once again bring him back to the games, for 18 events. That’s set to arrive on June 22nd, and is pre-orderable now.
Further announcements included some platform expansions. Sonic Mania and Team Sonic Racing will be soon hitting Amazon Luna. Also worth a note is that Sonic Forces, Team Sonic Racing and Sonic Mania are on the way to the PS Now service. Want more Sonic on the PC? Mania is Epic-bound.
On top of that, a host of mobile game content is coming for Sonic Forces Speed Battle and Sonic Dash, including holiday stuff, and Two Point Hospital will be getting some free Sonic goodies. Look for costumes and more there, on July 22nd.
New toys are on the way too, from JAKKS Pacific, there’s a Sonic Encyclopedia from Dark Horse, comics from IDW, a set of special anniversary coins from APMEX and that Netflix “Sonic Prime” cartoon.
Whew. That… is a lot of hedgehog.